Most of Xmas we have been ill.
As a result of this my plan to go out with the drone every day hasn’t really panned out. Ive managed 4 times in just over a week, but to be fair the weather hasn’t been that great either.
What I have learnt is that the drone is better in wind than I thought it would be, and that I need to be more committed to panning and movement shots. I’m too focused on composition and so my footage is jerky whilst I try to correct it. I’m learning that in video this isn’t quite as big of a deal as with still images. It’s a learning curve.
The weather promised me that it the clouds would go for the sunset, but an hour before the sun would dip below the horizon line, it was still pretty cloudy.
I decided it was worth the risk, and the trip out, so I put some clothes back on (I’d had a shower and gotten straight into my jim jams from the Abbey walk earlier in the day) and off we went up the hill out of the valley to the car park at the top.
How patiently I waited when we got to the car park at the top! I wandered around trying to find a good patch of heather, set up shop and waited. The longer I waited the more the clouds parted.
Every day there has been a rainbow at around the same time (just before sunset) in the same place. How bizarre!
I’d decided to not take my tripod on this walk, and instead use kB to hold the camera. Always a risky move as he’s not great at understanding what I’m trying to tell him! But dad had said it would be a 4 hour walk and I decided that it wasn’t worth carrying it.
It took an hour and twenty to walk part of the Cleveland Way up to Rievaulx Abbey, but a good 10 minutes of that was dithering around realised we’d taken a wrong turn out of the car park.
The way back took an hour (no dithering).
The abbey wasn’t very busy so I managed to grab a few shots with no one else in them, then we walked back the same way we came.
I’ve been off the boil with my photography of late. As a kind of excuse the weather has been really hot and sunny, meaning that the only ideal times to shoot are sunset and sunrise, and when you work full time there’s not much of me that can be bothered to operate at those times as I’m in bed!
Anywhoo, got out with the camera today. kB’s parents have moved house so the old house is empty.
The main reason we went to Northern Ireland was to see the Giant’s Causeway. It has been on my bucket list for some time, and so as the time to visit got closer I became more apprehensive that it was going to be rubbish and a waste of money.
The weather forecast was always best for Easter Monday, and the closer we got to the trip it became almost too good – pure sunshine – and I was worried that my photos wouldn’t come out well.
I prefer moody, misty, overcast weather for my shots rather than brilliant sunshine. Naturally I’d shoot at sunrise or sunset, but there is more than just me on this holiday and operating around these times isn’t great. What ended up working in my favour was the lack of availability of restaurants.
The week before we went I realised that eating out might be an issue for the first two nights we were there – Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. These are bank holiday days so people will be off work and out visiting places. We rang around a few places, and managed to get a booking – but not until 845pm!
So we took this booking, with me secretly rubbing my hands with glee, as the restaurant was 5 minutes away from the causeway, meaning we wouldn’t need to get there until late afternoon. So suddenly the issue of the good weather wasn’t a problem any more, as thanks to it being a bank holiday we couldn’t eat until after sunset anyway!
As we were there so late, it was relatively free of crowds too.
When we got there, it was great. It is such a surreal thing to experience. Definitely the highlight of the holiday!
The first full day of our mini trip was forecast to have the best weather. In the run up to the holiday, I did my usual compulsive weather checking and it kept getting sunnier and sunnier. Now sun is all well and good, but it’s not always good for my style of photography.
In the morning we left our B&B and made the short drive to Cushendun. It was only about 5 mins away, and when we got there we were pretty much the only people there.
As we were leaving though it was really busy. I think it might be one of the stop offs on the Game of Thrones tours as the scene where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow thing was filmed there.
As we were leaving on the last day the lady who runs our B&B was showing us the health and safety checks HBO had done before allowing filming at the caves. Apparently they had rented out all of the B&Bs near by, one of which had to have a room which needed to be kept at a constant temperature so the shadow baby thing didn’t deform!